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Cousins suspended by Ontario Hockey League

Wednesday, February 27, 2013   by: Brad Coccimiglio

Soo Greyhounds forward, and Ontario Hockey League leading scorer, Nick Cousins has been suspended, the league announced late this afternoon.

Cousins has been suspended four games by the league after receiving a major penalty and game misconduct for a hit from behind on London Knights defenceman Tommy Hughes during last Friday’s overtime loss in London.

Cousins is eligible to return to the Greyhounds lineup on Mar. 7 when the team is in Windsor to open up a three-game road trip against the Spitfires. Cousins will miss the Greyhoudns three-game homestand that opens tonight against Sudbury.

Sunday afternoon’s game at Mississauga over the weekend counted towards the suspension, leaving the Philadelphia Flyers prospect with three games left to serve,

The Cousins suspension was one of a number of bans announced by the league office on Wednesday. Other suspensions announced include

  • Mark Scheifele of the Barrie Colts – Minimum two games from an incident on Friday night against Sudbury
  • Daniel Zweep of the Owen Sound Attack – five games for a cross-checking major penalty Saturday night against Saginaw
  • Matt Rupert of the London Knights – 10 games for a charging major Sunday afternoon against Saginaw
  • Hayden Hodgson of the Erie Otters – 10 games for an incident Sunday afternoon against Kingston in which he received a major penalty for interference
  • Ryan Hutchison of the Kingston Frontenacs – two games for an incident Sunday afternoon against Erie in which he received two 10-minute misconducts and a game misconduct after a fight in which he was the instigator
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thebeej 2/27/2013 3:31:30 PM Report

Lucky he only got 4 games. Bonehead move will cost him the scoring title now.
Norm 2/27/2013 3:49:00 PM Report

This should of been on the main news page. I found it on another site before I read it here. Pretty big story in this town right now.
woole44 2/27/2013 4:46:06 PM Report

Lol of course he would be suspended for the home games that's just so his fans can't see him break his 100 point season here in town but we will when he gets his 2 points in Windsor. Oh ya and for Matt Rupert of the London knights bad mouthing cousins, well karmas a b@&ch hope you enjoy your 10 game suspension.
plucky 2/27/2013 5:35:28 PM Report

This is a terrible decision!! Cousin should have only gotten 1 game for this incedent. There was no intent to injure on this hit! The player turned at the last second, cousins did not leave his feet, and the player wasnt injuried. This is just another attack on the Soo greyhounds by Branch. As well as an attack on Cousins because of his outstanding charges, the league doesnt want him to have a chance at the scoring title. I hope he still manages to get it!! Branch has issue and needs to leave is personal feeling out of his decisions!!!! Brutal for the hounds!!!!!!!
old-cat33 2/27/2013 5:51:38 PM Report

Bull Shit to you Branch! Tyler Hall didn't get that big of a suspension and look what he did to one of the Hound players!!!Two games would have been OK.
Norm 2/27/2013 7:10:25 PM Report

Nobody suspended Cousins so he wouldn't win the scoring title, if so he would of got more than he did. He will likely still win, he's that good. He leaves here this spring never to come back, unless he gets married to a Soo girl. Let's just hope another great player takes his place.
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